It wasn’t my intention to do two Adam Cesare reviews in a row, but Adam’s book Video Night is currently .99. I went to re-read my review I had wrote back when I originally read this book and I couldn’t find it here on this site or on Goodreads. I thought maybe I hadn’t wrote one, but I felt like I had. I did a little digging and found it. For some reason I never posted it. I don’t know why, but I am posting it now.
I have been enjoying everything I’ve read by Adam Cesare, he has become one of my favorite new horror authors. Just recently I read Video Night and it was like a nostalgic trip through time.
Set in the late 80’s at the height of VCRs and Video rental stores, main character Billy Rile is a pretty big horror movie fan. He and best friend Tom have a local video store they go to and have a video night every Friday. But, unbeknownst to them, something alien is slowly taking over the town, and it’s looking to wreck a very important video night.
Like many people my age who read horror, this book is like relieving your childhood, minus the body snatching aliens. My friends and I had our video store we went to regularly and spent many Friday and Saturday nights watching the same films our two main characters do. I’d be willing to bet there is a bit of Adam Cesare in Billy and Tom.
Adam adds in the perfect amount of drama as we see the two boys are starting to go their separate ways as high school nears its end, and Billy desperately wants to keep their video night ritual intact.
One of the unique things Adam does with this book is give us quite a bit of insight to the aliens, showing us the inner conflict as they take over a body and push it’s original occupants out.
From the first chapter we get hit with the gore, and Adam doesn’t shy away from it as the book continues, which I thought was excellent. He does a great job at crafting his scenes, and with his depictions of his creatures.
I’d recommend this not only for fans of 80’s horror, but, for anyone looking for a fresh new voice in the genre. Adam Cesare’s writing some fantastic stuff, and I’m sure it’s just going to get better and better.
Buy it here Video Night
I listened to the Audio book of Adam Cesare’s The Con Season, narrated by Joe Hempel, last year and failed to write any kind of review for it. I quit the reviewing game for a little bit, there’s just never enough time in the day for everything. I’ve recently been trying to do some reviews again and I thought I should do one for this book now. So, I re-listened to the Audio book.
What I love about some of Adam Cesare’s work is how he utilizes nostalgia, more specifically things I’m nostalgic for. This time around he uses nostalgia in older B-movie actors as the focal point of the plot. This is something a lot of us horror fans can identify with. I know I love going to conventions and seeing the various actors that played Michael Myers, or the stars of my favorite 80’s horror movies. What Cesare has done here is taken the B-movie actor and placed them into a real life horror movie, something that I found unique and entertaining.
So basically The creators of Blood Camp Con have assembled a group of B-list celebrities for what is to be a new and unique con experience. Gone are the long lines of fans waiting to get an autograph and a photo. Instead the actors are brought to an actual summer camp for what is supposed to be a “fully immersive” experience. Things quickly turn bloody and our B-movie actors are forced to use the skills they’ve learned from their own previous movies to survive.
I found The Con Season to be quite enjoyable, if maybe a little less bloody than I expected. I’m not even sure why I expected more blood and gore but I did. That did not impact how well written the story was, or my enjoyment of said story. Joe Hempel did an excellent job narrating, as he always does with Adam’s books. I can’t help but wonder if this will be the last one he does for Adam Cesare since it seems he’s moved up quite a bit in the world of audio book narrators.
Buy it here The Con Season